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Patriot Ledger Editor Resigns

May 27, 1998

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) _ After 20 years at the helm of one of Massachusetts’ largest suburban newspapers, Patriot Ledger editor William B. Ketter is moving on.

``I came to the realization that I’ve done just about everything there is to do as the editor here,″ Ketter, 58, told employees Tuesday.

He said he would leave at the end of the week and work as a media consultant for the time being.

Ketter’s resignation comes just three months after the Ledger was sold by longtime family owner Scott Low to Newspaper Media LLC, owned by publishers James F. Plugh and Frank Richardson. Newspaper Media also owns The Enterprise of Brockton.

``All of us at The Patriot Ledger are grateful to Bill Ketter for his leadership and devotion for more than 20 years,″ Plugh said. ``Bill is a brilliant editor and the Ledger had been fortunate to have him.″

During Ketter’s tenure, The Patriot Ledger won numerous awards, including newspaper of the year by the New England Newspaper Association six times. Its circulation grew from 70,000 to a peak of 95,000 in the late 1980s.

It won the Society of Professional Journalists’ national public service award in 1989 for a series of stories about the influx of Asian residents to Quincy.

Ketter said one of his proudest accomplishments was transforming the Ledger from ``a chronicler of local events to a regional paper of importance _ a paper that looked at issues that affected the lives of people who lived on the South Shore, and covered those issues in depth.″

Ketter came to the Ledger in 1978. He previously spent 16 years at United Press International.

Ketter is a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board and a former president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors.